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McAuliffe and Moran need to respond to Bolling’s Bologna


by Paul Goldman

Unless we intend to concede the 2013 GUV race, then Terry and Brian need to get their heads in the game right now. The “Jobs Governor” PR line being put out by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling creates an intentionally misleading picture, one Democrats cannot allow to take root unless they want to concede another total statewide ticket wipeout.

A recent press release by Bolling, highlighting an AP article entitled Va seeks to learn from lost jobs since ’05, attempts to be both puffery for the GOP and a slam at Kaine/Warner. In his press release, Bolling tries to take credit for “406 economic development deals in Virginia” which he says had added “55,000 net new jobs” in “the past 15 months.”

It is misleading to the max for Bolling to try and leave the impression of being responsible for these 406 projects and 55,000 new jobs. It is a Bolling Birtherism, giving birth to more Bolling Bologna. Indeed, to the press, the Bolling Bologna goes so far as to claim that “[E]conomic development had not been a top priority of state government in a number of years.” A number that no doubt includes Tim Kaine and Mark Warner’s terms as governor.

Hello Democrats: Do you see a man desperately trying to create a record for himself and to tear down leading Virginia Democrats’ records of accomplishment?

If the GOP wants to challenge the authenticity of birth certificates, then perhaps they should start with those listing Bill Bolling as the father of these 406 deals. Of course, Bolling knows he can’t justify any such claim, so he cleverly tries to weasel and weave around the facts.  

Team Terry and Team Brian need to get into the game. Otherwise, think “Swift Boats Veterans for Truth” or your favorite example of how something told over and over without any basis can be believed  by swing voters. In 2009 and 2010, we saw how this can cost Democrats an election.

Do we really want VA 2013 to be more proof?

  • dominic

    …Absolutely lack a PR machine right now and until we fix that, we’re just going to continue to beat our heads against the wall.

    We have no one putting forward proposals, we have no one debunking the right – we aren’t doing anything.

    This isn’t something we can wait on anymore.

  • Dan Sullivan

    The Virginia electionscape hasn’t even been set, but the prospects for this year are already dimming. With the DPVA there’s just no there, there and it does not look like there’s even a care. The Republicans are happy for the courts to redistrict because the starting point, the current plan, favors a Republican advantage.

    Can you believe the Republicans will gladly let this go to the courts?

  • clark

    It’s going to take everyone working hard to build up the party moving forward. I know there are issues with various committees, etc. though if you think there needs to be more infrastructure in place, please join your local committee. If communications aren’t great, volunteer to be the communications officer or work on the communications team of your local committee. Get involved with outreach, volunteer coordination, new media for your committee, issues, coordinated campaigns, precinct building, etc.

    Each committee has a ton of work to do and all depend on volunteers. I know it can be tough at times to work through what some might see as the “system”, but I can assure you it can be done. It ain’t always easy and takes a lot of time outside of work, on the weekends, etc. but that strength of “Virginia Democrats” relies on volunteers in our communities. Saying things can’t be fixed, isn’t worth the effort, that the “system” won’t allow me to volunteer, that this is the job of a half dozen paid staffers in Richmond, etc. won’t cut it.

    We got work to do- let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!